Student Showcase 2020
From carbon to choreography, our students at the University of Arizona are performing industry-leading research. The Graduate and Professional Student Council created the Student Showcase in 1992-93 to celebrate this student research, and this year is no exception!
There are great incentives during our 28th Student Showcase, including a $1,000 Presidential Award to be given by President Robbins.
The upcoming Student Showcase will be held on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, from 9 am to 3 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union. Share your research and see the work happening all around University of Arizona!
Sign-up Deadline: Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 11:59 PM
If you have any questions, please email GPSC's Events Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Student Showcase?Click or enter to reveal information below
Around one hundred students participate in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. Student Showcase offers students a significant forum for communicating the importance of their research to the broader University of Arizona community.
Implemented in 1992-93 by the GPSC, Student Showcase represents a campus wide student-run research exhibition at the University of Arizona. Students who participate in this event can be proud of their efforts and academic achievements. Demonstrating the valuable research that takes place at the University, Student Showcase also has the honor of including state representatives and many other community members as judges.
Why you should participate in the Showcase?Click or enter to reveal information below
All Graduate and Undergraduate students are welcome to participate in Student Showcase.
By participating, students gain valuable experience presenting their work and interacting with the public. Additionally, deans, faculty, advisors, staff, administrators, department and community members serving as judges will actively encourage student participation. Student Showcase also fosters the mentoring relationship among students and their advisors and professors.
How are participants evaluated?Click or enter to reveal information below
Students should prepare a 5 minute oral presentation to accompany a poster/visual aid. Maximum size of poster/visual aid is 36" tall by 48" wide. Your poster/visual aid may be formatted in portrait or landscape, as long as the dimensions do not exceed the maximum.
During the evaluation process, judges view student's presentation and rates it according to overall display, clarity of presentation, and the student's ability to express the importance/significance of the work to its respective field(s).
Below is the criteria of what will be evaluated:
Criteria for Oral Presentation
- Presentation provides background information that supports overall understanding. _______________
- Presentation is clear and organized, so that it is easy to follow. __________________
- The contribution to the relative field(s) is well articulated. ___________________
- Explanation is jargon-free so that lay audiences would understand. _______________
- Strength of engagement with the audience (i.e., body language, eye contact, vocal range, not referencing notes) ____________
- Does the presenter use the poster/visual aid effectively during the presentation? _____________
Criteria for Poster/ Visual component
- Does the poster/visual convey enough information for understanding the scope of the project? (i.e., can the poster stand-alone without an oral presentation?) _______________
- Is the poster/visual aid well designed? (i.e., images are high quality and have captions, good use of color/spacing/font, sections are clearly labeled, etc.) _______________
- Was the presenter present and ready when you arrived? ______________
Length of presentation (circle one below) Goal: 5 minutes
1 More than 60seconds over/under
2 46 -60 seconds over/under
3 31 - 45 seconds over/under
4 16 - 30 seconds over/under
5 Less than 15 seconds over/under
Overall Score ________________ / 50 points
What recognition will you receive?Click or enter to reveal information below
In 2018, more than 110 students participated in the Student Showcase. Over $15,000 of awards were given out. These award ranged from $1,000 for the President's Award to $500 for second place finishers in the individual categories.
Local business sponsors also contribute a substantial amount of support for Student Showcase each year, and have increasingly guaranteed its success. An excellent reflection of the success of the University of Arizona's programs, Student Showcase allows the Tucson community to take pride in the University and its continuing capacity to further education and visionary research.
Categories for ShowcaseClick or enter to reveal information below
Note that the categories are topic dependent, and does not apply to which academic area you are from. The categories are self-select, but the GPSC committee retains the right to decide on which category you should be in.
1. Communication and Expression
- Research that involves compilation, analysis, and manipulation of data, ideas, and/or methods of sharing information. (i.e. media, citizen science, pedagogy etc.)
2. Community, Culture, and Society
- Research regarding social, economic, cultural and/or political issues. (i.e. community initiatives, language development, social justice, public policy etc.)
3. Technology and Innovation
- Research producing advancements or novel techniques/methods, or entrepreneurial endeavors. May incorporate engineering of devices or utilize digital/computer technologies. (i.e. app development, software/hardware, digital humanities, innovative startups etc.)
4. Human Health
- Research impacting the well-being of humans at the individual, community, and global levels. (i.e. healthcare policy, mental health developments, medical devices, insects as a form of protein etc.)
5. Environmental Impact
- Research confronting environmental issues and concerns, anywhere on the local to global spectrum. (i.e. sustainability projects, natural disasters, pollution mitigation etc.)
Awards for ShowcaseClick or enter to reveal information below
You will be automatically be considered for the following awards when you apply to the Student Showcase:
Presidential Award: $1,000
Graduate student Awards
GPSC Peer Award: $750
Graduate 1st in Category (5): $750
Graduate 2nd in Cateogry (5): $500
Undergraduate Student Awards
ASUA Peer Award: $750
Undergraduate 1st in Category (5): $750
Undergraduate 2nd in Cateogry (5): $500
*The judging panel reserves the right to not award a prize in any category.
External Awards for Student Showcase 2020:
*Eligibility differs for each of the following awards. Additional application process may be required. This section will be updated as external awards are made available.
American Chemical Society Women's Chemist Group Award:
The Women's Chemists Group of the Southern Arizona section of the American Chemical Society is promoting the role of chemistry in society. This award will recognize one or more female graduate students, who present outstanding research in chemistry or a related field. First place winner receives $200 and second place $100.
Honors College Awards (each in the amount of $500):
- Best Research Project by an Honors Student: This award is for an Honors student whose research project makes the most important contribution in terms of its rigor, depth, analysis, and overall quality
- Honors Social Responsibility Award: This award is for an Honors student whose research project best embodies the Honors mission statement in its focus on strengthening social responsibility. The research project must demonstrate that it has the potential to be of benefit to the society in which it operates.
- Honors Health and Human Values Award: This award is given to an Honors student whose research project best utilizes humanistic and/or social scientific methods, bringing those methods to bear on the subject of health, science and technology.
Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award:
The Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award recognizes University of Arizona students who have made extensive and innovative use of the UA Libraries’ information resources and services in support of their coursework. Up to three undergraduate and three graduate prizes will be awarded each year. For each category, $1,000 will be awarded per prize. More information can be found here.
BIO5 Innovator Award
The BIO5 Innovator Award recognizes one graduate and one undergraduate student exhibitor whose work best represents the goals of BIO5 in one of the following areas: multidisciplinary bioscience research; innovation in biosciences education; or entrepreneurship (bioscience technology transfer, new ideas for public/private partnerships etc.). These awards are provided by the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona. Each winner is awarded $350.
2018 - 2019 winnersClick or enter to reveal information below
|Communication + Expression||First||#12 Jingyi Li||Graduate|
|Second||#71 Matthew Glenn Farmer||Graduate|
|Community, Culture, Society||First||#7 Caroline Shanholtz||Graduate|
|Second||#64 Phuong Ho||Graduate|
|Tech + Innovation||First||#39 Ashish Singh||Graduate|
|Second||#33 Cheng Gong||Graduate|
|Human Health||First||#19 Srujutha Marupuru||Graduate|
|Second||#22 Heidi Steiner||Graduate|
|Environmental Impact||First||#56 Alan Yanahan||Graduate|
|Second||#76 Roya Aminitabrizi||Graduate|
|GPSC Peer Award||#44 Hamdhani||Graduate|
|Communication + Expression||First||#82 Frances Jose Nunez||Undergraduate|
|Second||#81 Tala B Shahin||Undergraduate|
|Community, Culture, Society||First||#91-94 Alyssa Higgins, Selena Quintanilla, Adriana Kanoza, Rikki Riojas||Undergraduate|
|Second||#95 Rebecca Van Rhee||Undergraduate|
|Tech + Innovation||First||#83 Katrien Debelder, Tiffany Bledsoe, Frances Marcos, Joshua Lin||Undergraduate|
|ASUA Peer Award||#87 Lakshmi Laasya Vallabhaneni||Undergraduate|
|President's Award||#84 Grace Jean Wofford|
|#43 John Alexander Erwin|
|Bio5 Award||#81 Tala Shahin||Undergraduate|
|#33 Cheng Gong||Graduate|
|ACS Women's Chemist Award||First||#26 Zhiting Chen||Graduate|
|Second||#76 Roya Aminitabrizi||Graduate|
|Willock Award||#28 Margerita Berti|
|#19 Srujitha Marupuru|
|#55 Sean Tomlinson|
|#89 Erin Pelley|
|#81 Tala Shahin|
|#61 Elif Berhan|
|Honor's Award||Overall||#81 Tala Shahin||Undergraduate|
|HHV||#89 Erin Pelley|
|Soc Res||#80 Dominique Galvez|
Student Showcase 2020 will be on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020